Sturgeon blasts PM for 'ranting about imaginary anti-growth coalition'

Nicola Sturgeon blasts Liz Truss for ‘ranting about an imaginary anti-growth coalition’ in conference speech – after PM named SNP among ‘enemies of enterprise’

  • Nicola Sturgeon blasts PM for ‘ranting about an imaginary anti-growth coalition’
  • Liz Truss calls out SNP in attack on ‘enemies of enterprise’ in conference speech
  • She vows to not let ‘anti-growth coalition to hold us back’ in boosting economy

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today blasted Liz Truss for ‘ranting about an imaginary anti-growth coalition’ in her Tory conference speech.

The SNP leader claimed the Prime Minister’s attack on the ‘enemies of enterprise’ in her address was ‘an attempt to obscure’ the impact of Brexit as a ‘brake’ on economic growth.

Ms Truss called out Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, trade unions, think tanks and environmental campaigners during her 40-minute speech to Tory members in Birmingham.

The PM vowed to not let ‘the anti-growth coalition to hold us back’ as she pushes ahead with her agenda to boost the UK’s sluggish economy.

Ms Truss also branded Greenpeace campaigners – who at one point interrupted her speech by unfurling a protest flag – as among those she sees as a block on economic growth.

LiZ Truss called out Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, trade unions, think tanks and environmental campaigners during her 40-minute speech to Tory members in Birmingham

The PM also branded Greenpeace campaigners – who at one point interrupted her speech by unfurling a protest flag – as among those she sees as a block on economic growth

Ms Truss, pictured with her husband Hugh O’Leary, vowed to not let ‘the anti-growth coalition to hold us back’ as she pushes ahead with her agenda to boost the UK’s sluggish economy.

Nicola Sturgeon claimed the PM’s attack on the ‘enemies of enterprise’ in her address was ‘an attempt to obscure’ the impact of Brexit

After two activists were removed from the conference hall, the PM said: ‘Now later on in my speech my friends I am going to talk about the anti-growth coalition.

‘But I think they arrived in the hall a bit too early, they were meant to come later on. We will get onto them in a few minutes.’

Returning to her theme later during her address, the PM vowed she would be ‘challenging those who try to stop growth’.

‘Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP, the militant unions, the vested interests dressed up as think-tanks, the talking heads, the Brexit deniers and Extinction Rebellion and some of the people we had in the hall earlier,’ she told Tory members.

‘The fact is they prefer protesting to doing. They prefer talking on Twitter to taking tough decisions.

‘They taxi from north London townhouses to the BBC studio to dismiss anyone challenging the status quo.

‘From broadcast to podcast, they peddle the same old answers. It’s always more taxes, more regulation and more meddling.

‘Wrong, wrong, wrong.’

The SNP leader blasted Ms Truss for ‘ranting about an imaginary anti-growth coalition’ in her conference speech

The PM claimed an ‘anti-growth coalition’ was ‘at work across the country’.

She attacked Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer over his call for an extension to the windfall tax on oil and gas companies’ profits.

Ms Truss also hit out Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford for ‘cancelling road-building projects’ and ‘refusing to build the M4 relief road’.

Turning her aim at Ms Sturgeon, the PM added: ‘Nicola Sturgeon won’t build new nuclear power stations in Scotland to solve the energy crisis in Scotland.

‘Have these people ever seen a tax rise they don’t like? Or an industry they don’t want to control?

‘They don’t understand the British people. They don’t understand aspiration. They are prepared to leave our towns and cities facing decline.’

Ms Truss claimed the ‘anti-growth coalition just doesn’t get it’ because ‘they don’t face the same challenges as normal working people’.

‘These enemies of enterprise don’t know the frustration you feel to see your road blocked by protesters, or the trains off due to a strike,’ she continued.

‘In fact, their friends on the hard Left tend to be the ones behind the disruption.

‘The anti-growth coalition think the people who stick themselves to trains, roads and buildings are heroes.’

The PM also took a further swipe at Ms Sturgeon and the SNP when she vowed to ‘face down the separatists who threaten to pull apart our precious Union, our family’.

She stressed the UK was ‘ at its best, working together and getting our economy growing’.

Following the PM’s speech, Ms Sturgeon accused the PM of delivering a ‘rant’ during her conference address.

‘Ranting about an imaginary “anti growth coalition” is just an attempt to obscure the hard reality that the biggest brake on UK growth is Brexit – and that’s on the Tories,’ she posted on Twitter.

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